Kent Library and History Centre


A new innovative history and library centre in Maidstone, Kent purpose built to protect and house archive material dating back to 699AD and provide a 21st century library facilities.

As part of the overall scheme two eight/nine storey residential blocks are included on behalf of housing and care providers Housing 21 and West Kent Housing Association.

The archive structure consists of a water proof reinforced concrete partial basement and provides a humidity free controlled environment. The open areas of the library and mezzanine floors are framed in structural steelwork. The residential blocks to the rear are of insitu reinforced concrete frame with thin plate flat floor slabs.  Foundations are formed using CFA piles.

The super and sub-structure were analysed as a 3D model to enable the structure to be developed and refined in order to obtain the most economic final solution.